S light blinking - 91 Honda Accord LX

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Michel Gallant, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. What's the most likely cause of a blinking "S" light in the instrument
    panel on a 91 Hondar accord LX 4-speed Auto with sport-button on shifter.

    I've not had any problems with the speedometer or cruise. Transmission
    seems to shift fine. I've got about 130,000 miles on it. I'm debating
    wether it's time to trade in this car...transmission problems would
    definitely push me towards that decision!

    Also, any suggestions on where to get it checked out that they'd have a
    clue? I don't want to replace a transmission if it's just a sensor :)
    I hesitate to bring it to the honda dealer...the local one just LOVES
    replacing parts that don't have to be. Would the local Canadian Tire
    have a clue I wonder?

    Thanks!
     
    Michel Gallant, Jun 18, 2004
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  2. Michel Gallant

    motsco_ _ Guest

    Michel Gallant wrote:
    > What's the most likely cause of a blinking "S" light in the instrument
    > panel on a 91 Hondar accord LX 4-speed Auto with sport-button on shifter.
    >
    > I've not had any problems with the speedometer or cruise. Transmission
    > seems to shift fine. I've got about 130,000 miles on it. I'm debating
    > wether it's time to trade in this car...transmission problems would
    > definitely push me towards that decision!
    >
    > Also, any suggestions on where to get it checked out that they'd have a
    > clue? I don't want to replace a transmission if it's just a sensor :) I
    > hesitate to bring it to the honda dealer...the local one just LOVES
    > replacing parts that don't have to be. Would the local Canadian Tire
    > have a clue I wonder?
    >
    > Thanks!


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Whoa !!! Canadian Tire can't accurately predict whether the SUN WILL
    COME UP IN THE MORNING !!! That's pretty bad if your dealer is so
    terrible that you'd think Canuck Tire was the next best thing in town
    :-( :-(

    There are some capacitors in your ECU that fail when the vehicle gets as
    old as yours is. (I'm having a hard time finding the link ) there's a
    good page that tells you what needs relacing, and you just pop the unit
    out, go to somebody with a soldering pencil, and get them resoldered.
    Meantime, you didn't say how many times you've changed your tranny
    fluid..... Use only Honda fluid.

    'Curly'

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    motsco_ _, Jun 18, 2004
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  3. motsco_ _ wrote:

    > Michel Gallant wrote:
    >
    >> What's the most likely cause of a blinking "S" light in the instrument
    >> panel on a 91 Hondar accord LX 4-speed Auto with sport-button on shifter.
    >>
    >> I've not had any problems with the speedometer or cruise.
    >> Transmission seems to shift fine. I've got about 130,000 miles on
    >> it. I'm debating wether it's time to trade in this car...transmission
    >> problems would definitely push me towards that decision!
    >>
    >> Also, any suggestions on where to get it checked out that they'd have
    >> a clue? I don't want to replace a transmission if it's just a sensor
    >> :) I hesitate to bring it to the honda dealer...the local one just
    >> LOVES replacing parts that don't have to be. Would the local Canadian
    >> Tire have a clue I wonder?
    >>
    >> Thanks!

    >
    >
    > +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    >
    > Whoa !!! Canadian Tire can't accurately predict whether the SUN WILL
    > COME UP IN THE MORNING !!! That's pretty bad if your dealer is so
    > terrible that you'd think Canuck Tire was the next best thing in town
    > :-( :-(
    >
    > There are some capacitors in your ECU that fail when the vehicle gets as
    > old as yours is. (I'm having a hard time finding the link ) there's a
    > good page that tells you what needs relacing, and you just pop the unit
    > out, go to somebody with a soldering pencil, and get them resoldered.
    > Meantime, you didn't say how many times you've changed your tranny
    > fluid..... Use only Honda fluid.
    >
    > 'Curly'
    >

    I just checked the engine code but shorting the ECU jumper under the
    dash and reading the flashing "S" codes. I got a code 9, which seems to
    be for "Cylinder position sensor". Now, I know very little about cars
    other then general maintenance, and nothing about the electronics. It
    seems that from what I'm reading on the internet, this could have to do
    with anything from bad wiring, problems in the distributor, bad timing,
    etc. That sound about right? Time to bring it in somewhere to have it
    looked at I guess!
     
    Michel Gallant, Jun 18, 2004
    #3
  4. Michel Gallant

    Dan Beaton Guest

    Michel, you should be able to find a small garage that specializes
    in Japanese cars. There are two excellent shops in the Ottawa area
    that I know of, and probably more. Please, for the sake of your car,
    do not entrust it to a Canadian Tire.

    Dan


    Michel Gallant () writes:
    > What's the most likely cause of a blinking "S" light in the instrument
    > panel on a 91 Hondar accord LX 4-speed Auto with sport-button on shifter.
    >
    > I've not had any problems with the speedometer or cruise. Transmission
    > seems to shift fine. I've got about 130,000 miles on it. I'm debating
    > wether it's time to trade in this car...transmission problems would
    > definitely push me towards that decision!
    >
    > Also, any suggestions on where to get it checked out that they'd have a
    > clue? I don't want to replace a transmission if it's just a sensor :)
    > I hesitate to bring it to the honda dealer...the local one just LOVES
    > replacing parts that don't have to be. Would the local Canadian Tire
    > have a clue I wonder?
    >
    > Thanks!
     
    Dan Beaton, Jun 19, 2004
    #4
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